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Steubenville Grand Jury Selected
9 jurors and 5 alternates were selected for the Steubenville grand jury set to investigate further charges against others in the Steubenville case. The jury was whittled down from 150 jefferson county residents that reported to the courthouse yesterday morning. The grand jury will be tasked with deciding if other crimes were commited by 16 indivduals.
Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond were found delinquent in March of raping a 16 year old victim in what is now a internationally known case involving alcohol, lack of parental supevision and shaming of the victim and discussion on social media. The grand jury was sent home after it was finalized and will begin on April 30th after The Ohio Attorney General's office wraps up evaluating more evidence to be presented. A multitude of possible crimes and charges are being looked at in this case. THe Grand Jury will be a closed process to both the media and the public with Mike Dewine, Ohio Attorney General holding a press conference after the process to announce the GJ's findings.
Members of Anonymous and concerned citizens held a intimate rally outside of the Jefferson County Courthouse for several hours speaking out against rape culture.
Ma'lik Richmond's father who in the 3:33 mark of this link, can be seen back in March harassing protesters and women who were gathered outside the Jefferson County Juvenile Justice Center during the trial of his son, showed up to yesterday's rally and disrupted media interviews with protesters, and continued harrassing protesters until one member of Anonymous reminded Mr. Richmond of the live stream video shot in March of him asking females to take off their panties for $50. Nate Richmond after seeing this live stream quickly left the area quickly after awkwardly apologizing to a member of anonymous. (click here for video of yesterday's video with Nate Richmond.)
Anonymous will hold no rallies when the grand jury begins to hear evidence, and it is unclear if any more rallies will be held until the grand jury finishes their investigation. Jurors will be allowed to ask witnesses questions as they investigate if any additional crimes were commited on that fateful night back in August. It is already well known that multiple teens were highly intoxicated, and that no parents were present. The teens were either given alcohol by adults or stole the alcohol. Either way, providing alcohol to minors (or stealing alcohol) is a crime. Other crimes that may be looked at are failing to report a crime, failure to report child abuse and tampering with evidence.
The Steubenville grand jury will also look into an alleged rape of a 14 year old victim while hearing testimony as it pertains to the Steubenville rape from August.
The Grand Jury will most likely be in session for 10 days.
Keep updated on the Steubenville Grand Jury by following @nunyaman on twitter